Standing in the Shadows of Motown Soundtrack, Deluxe Edition
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First let's look at the concept of "untarnished live performances." Where in the film or related PR material have the producers stated that these were live performances? This was not a concert. It was six straight days-one artist per day-of recording and filming. Each song was taken five or six times with an invited audience watching and understanding that we would be stopping and starting, just like in any film. These were individual scenes-not parts of a continuous live concert. These performances were no different than a studio session. The only difference was that they happened to be on a stage in front of an audience. The Royal Oak Theater was treated as a soundstage for a film shoot-not a concert.
Secondly, even if it was a "live" concert performance, with the exception of James Brown's `Live At The Apollo' and a few other early live albums, all live albums are edited and corrected when possible. The desired result is good sounding music that moves you-not rigid authenticity to a concept of "untarnished live performances." Most of the most celebrated live albums of all time have been doctored to death. By comparison, `Standing In The Shadows Of Motown' has very few added parts (other than strings) when compared to other live albums. As for the added vocal parts you claimed are "slathered on" to the live tracks of "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted," you're dead wrong.Read more ›
I had the one disc version and the DVD, both of which I enjoyed immensly. This, however, is the iceing on the cake! The 'snakepit' instrumentals is a joy to behold, and shows you that without the dynamics and unison of this band, Most of Motown acts would have scrubbed up no better or worse than Tom Jones or Dusty! The basswork of James Jamerson is self explanitory. Melodies that groove don't really sound this great, but James defined what that singing bass was alllll about. There's as much lyricism in his lines as in the vocal versions themselves!
The bonus tracks on disc one include 'Boom Boom Boom,' and the evergreen 'Higher' by Jackie Wilson, a perfect piece of pop, with Jamerson Sitting on the groove all the way. Dennis Coffey's 'Scorpio' is a breaks classic, the bongo break has long been a staple of Hip Hop sampling. I never knew it was the Funk Brothers on the groove!
The version of 'Heard it Through the Grapevine' kicks like a mule and hook you right in from the off. 'Don't Mess With Bill' is the instrumental side of the Motown revue, with very Jazzy guitar work and Jamerson's bass way out in front. This would be annoying if it weren't for his awesome melodic lines, dem lines!
The final track on disc 2 is Jamerson solo with the Temptations, real history...
If you play bass, start your melodic life here! If you don't, just dance!!!
In addition to 12 live performances of classic Motown songs, there are 3 original Motown songs. "The Flick" was the song the Funk Brothers used to introduce themselves on stage. This tune swings like nobody's business, and really highlights how great the Funk Brothers were.
The "You Keep Me Hanging On (instrumental)" is pretty much just the song without vocals. I had no idea how much stuff was going on in that song. This is a fascinating insight into how the Funk Brothers themselves heard the songs. They would play on songs and not know the names, or lyrics or melodies which were always added later.
"Bernadette (Instrumental)" is presented in a format closer to the Standing in the Shadows of Motown book. For most of the song, the bass is solo'd left with the rhythm tracks in the right channel allowing you to hear Jamerson's playing in it's full glory. The other instruements fade in and out allowing you to hear all of the contributions by the various Funk Brothers. Again, there's a lot more going on in this song than I ever suspected.
It's interesting how 'low fi' the bass sound was on those songs. Any producer today would've thrown those sounds out. When put in the mix, however, they work.
Highlights from the live performance include "Do You Love Me" by Bootsy Collins. If you don't know, Bootsy was the bass player from Parliament. I can't help but laugh when I think of Patrick Swayze dancing to Bootsy's rendition of this song. I can't wait to see this live.Read more ›
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This is a wonderful companion to the DVD. If you haven't seen the DVD, it's available on Amazon for around $10 and for those who love Motown it is required viewing!Published 1 month ago by JMC
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